English Conversations


Replying to a Friendly Greeting

English speakers generally ask people how they are if they haven’t seen them for a while. This is a typical example of an informal greeting between friends. Example…

Greeting a friend

English speakers generally ask people how they are if they haven’t seen them for a while. This is another example of an informal greeting between friends.

Polite greeting – receptionist

This is an example of a more formal greeting between two people who don’t know each other. English speakers use “Good morning” for any time up until lunchtime;…

Formal greeting

This is an example of a formal greeting between an employer and an employee. In companies with a formal, traditional hierarchy, employees tend to call their managers by…

Saying you don’t understand

If you don’t understand someone, ask them to repeat what they said with a phrase like “Sorry. Can you say that again please?” Using “sorry” and “please” make…

Keep the Conversation Going – Make a Comment

A good way to keep the conversation going is to make a comment. Even a short word like “No!” can be enough to show surprise and encourage the…

Keep the Conversation Going – Encourage the Other Speaker

You don’t need to say much to encourage the other person to keep talking. Use a phrase like “Go on” to show interest in what the other person…

Keep the Conversation Going – Ask a Question

One way to keep the conversation going is to ask a question. You can make a very short question by using an auxiliary (such as do / does…

Describing Something

When you want someone to describe something, you can ask “What’s it like?”

Describing People

When you want someone to describe a person, you can ask “What does he look like?” or “What does she look like?” to get a physical description. Example…


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